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Mellow to mindblowing distortion with true bypass and much more!

The Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal is different from any you've ever heard, with sounds ranging from a mellow twin to a raging English stack. Its smooth distortion puts extra punch in rhythm work and makes solos cut through with authority and power. The Rat2 has glow-in-the-dark luminescent control graphics and new LED status indicator for easy use on dark stages. Steel enclosure has a "no tools" battery compartment. True bypass mode utilizes passive switching of both input and output to eliminate the loss of power and clarity caused by other devices.

FEATURES
  • Distortion ranging from a mellow twin to a raging English stack
  • Extra punch in rhythm work and makes solos cut through with authority
  • Glow-in-the-dark luminescent control graphics
  • LED status indicator
  • No-tools battery compartment

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Pro CoRAT2 Distortion Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 94 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (71)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (12)
  • Excellent sound quality (11)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Compact (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
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    • Experienced (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My Old Friend

Maybe I can help out on the old Rat versus the new Rat argument.

I had a Rat back in the 80's, and I loved it. Somehow through the ever-shifting,...Read complete review

Maybe I can help out on the old Rat versus the new Rat argument.

I had a Rat back in the 80's, and I loved it. Somehow through the ever-shifting, unpredictable and treacherous sands of time (read that "STUPIDITY"), I lost it. Over the ensuing years, I played various other boost / overdirve / distortion pedals including the excellent Chandler Industries Real Tube Driver, Exotic Effect's BB boost (Phenomenal pedal by the way), Tube Screamer, and Boss Super Overdirve to name a few. All were great in their own way.

A few months ago, I was in a pawn shop, and spotted a new model Rat under the glass. On a nostalgic whim, i picked it up and brought it to band practice that night. The other guitar player was excited when he saw what I had, and told a few "back in the day" stories when he used to play one too. I set it on my pedal board, hooked it up, and with one strum it all came back to me! I thought, "THERE YOU ARE - my old friend!" It was instantly recognizable, and I was delighted to hear that familiar character - still there in all it's 80's era glory! Fantastic warmth, incredible string-to-string separation, abundant harmonic content, I could go on and on. I am here to tell you, the new Rat puts just as big a smile on my face as the old one did. i just wonder why it took me so long to come back to one.

The Rat has not left my pedal board ever since, and it's going to stay there. I still use the BB. It is the best clean boost that i have ever played. Between the two, I have all the bases covered with no need to worry any more.

Getchya one!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't waste your money!

I am very curious as to why this thing has such great reviews. I guess if the only distortion you have used is a ds-1 or some distortion that came from an amp...Read complete review

I am very curious as to why this thing has such great reviews. I guess if the only distortion you have used is a ds-1 or some distortion that came from an amp modeler then this thing sounds better. I decided to give this new Chinese made Rat a head-to-head test with an older Rat I have from the early 90s (1991 I think). There was no shock at all in which the winner was. The new Rat has a very harsh and ugly sound that is not musical at all. I tried pairing with some other distortion pedals I had including an old Big Muff Pi, a Marshall Guv-nor, Metal-Zone, and and even a BK Butler Tube Driver. None of which helped this little sucker out.I would suggest seaching out one of the older Rats that were made in Michigan. They can be ungodly rude sounding, but with an amazing cruch and musical quality not found in most modern distortions. Props to ProCo for making one of the best sounding distortions ever made. Unfortunately, their pedal-making turned sour when they decided to have their stuff made in China.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Old Friend

By Chuckles378

from Billings, MT

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

    Maybe I can help out on the old Rat versus the new Rat argument.

    I had a Rat back in the 80's, and I loved it. Somehow through the ever-shifting, unpredictable and treacherous sands of time (read that "STUPIDITY"), I lost it. Over the ensuing years, I played various other boost / overdirve / distortion pedals including the excellent Chandler Industries Real Tube Driver, Exotic Effect's BB boost (Phenomenal pedal by the way), Tube Screamer, and Boss Super Overdirve to name a few. All were great in their own way.

    A few months ago, I was in a pawn shop, and spotted a new model Rat under the glass. On a nostalgic whim, i picked it up and brought it to band practice that night. The other guitar player was excited when he saw what I had, and told a few "back in the day" stories when he used to play one too. I set it on my pedal board, hooked it up, and with one strum it all came back to me! I thought, "THERE YOU ARE - my old friend!" It was instantly recognizable, and I was delighted to hear that familiar character - still there in all it's 80's era glory! Fantastic warmth, incredible string-to-string separation, abundant harmonic content, I could go on and on. I am here to tell you, the new Rat puts just as big a smile on my face as the old one did. i just wonder why it took me so long to come back to one.

    The Rat has not left my pedal board ever since, and it's going to stay there. I still use the BB. It is the best clean boost that i have ever played. Between the two, I have all the bases covered with no need to worry any more.

    Getchya one!

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rat2 distortion pedal

    By Delmeteor

    from NY

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Great Sound Range
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Live And Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

    if your are a fuzz head like me you have to own this box. I have tons of distortion/od devices and this one can range from "Satisfaction" distortion to "sunshine of your love" fatness with one twist of filter knob. Besides settings glow in the dark. How cool is that!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    good dirt

    By KF

    from Pgh, PA

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Solidly built

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events

      Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

      My old 80s RAT was stolen. Everyone seems to think the old ones sound so much better, but it's been so long ago that I don't remember the sound well enough to compare the two. But this RAT2, with a tube amp and used in conjunction with a good overdrive, is a wonderful thing.

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Satisfied!

      By Richard Branson

      from RVA

      Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

      Pedals with the serial number post 300000 will apparently be of lesser quality because of the lack of a certain chip the gave the Rat it's creaminess. i have one of "lesser" quality but I run it through a Fender fm212 with a MIM strat (stock pups) and I think it sounds amazing. It puts the amp's overdrive to shame of course and it makes my sounds much stronger and heavier. I feel like I'm wielding a weapon when the Rat is on.

      This is my first distortion pedal and I will never get rid of it. I may get a TS9 to supplement but Im very happy with this purchase and I love the sound.
      Simple 3 knobs. The first controls the distortion which maxes at 12 o'clock and when turned higher it adds fuzz from some nice low end. The Filter lets in the high frequencies at 0 or it turned all the way counter clockwise and you can roll them off as you turn it up or clockwise. The volume knob is self explanatory.
      All three knobs turn with precision and the entire build is high quality. The button is solid. You can smash skulls with this pedal then melt faces as you plug it in and it still works perfectly. It's solid.
      Not a bad price for this distinct sound at all. This is my first distortion pedal and I love it.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Just like the old Rats....

      By Hot to trot

      from DMV

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      Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

      The Rat II is a familiar effect, but works and sounds a bit different than other standard rock distortions with it's Filter control and cross-pollination of distortion and fuzz. It's capable of covering a lot of ground. David Gilmour, Sonic Youth, jazzer John Scofield, the Foo Fighters and Blur are just a couple of famous names that have used this pedal to conjure a wide variety of tones, from freaked out to smooth and soaring. If you're loking for something that bridges the ground between a Boss Ds-1 and a Big Muff, this is it.
      There is a lot of hype surrounding the older style Proco Rat IIs, but this newer version holds it's own with the old Rat II model that I remember (everyone had one). The Filter and Distortion enable you to really straddle the line between fat Big Muff-style distortion tones and buzzier aggressive-style fuzz. When pumped through a good tube amp running with just a little hint of grit, it sounds awesome. There are a lot of different distortion tones on tap here but it's very easy to zero in on what you want once you get acquianted with how the Filter and Distortion control work together. It won't do traditional overdrive sounds, but that's not what it's supposed to do. On lower Distortion settings, you get a lo-fi, "boombox speaker" type of texture that is a lot of fun to play with.

      The Filter control is pretty powerful. I find it useful as a method of "tuning" the pedal to your particular setup. It can keep your basic tone pretty much intact, or you can fatten or thin it as desired. It's basically a standard tone control on steroids.
      The Rat II feels extremely solid. The interior parts are well-protected by a very robust steel enclosure. The battery door, pots and jacks all feel sturdy though some have criticized that they are not as good as the ones used back in the day. I can't really tell the difference and chalk it up to the hype the earlier models receive on the Internet.
      It's price tag isn't bad at all for what you get though.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great unknown blues pedal

      By dontfret

      from Bellingham, MA

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Different Power Supply

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

      Misunderstood as a heavy rock pedal, this can also do bright tight Albert Collins, warm subtle SRV, or thick singing Santana. Harmonics jump out, tone control is very versatile, breakup doesn't fizzle out like some do at low gain settings. I bought this as a second one, I don't want to ever be without it. I have tried a lot of pedals and it has proven to me that this is the best.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A violinists prospective

      By Brian Schmidt

      from Ithaca NY

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

        I am an electric violinist. There are very few of us out here in the music world so I find it important for me to share any knowledge I can with the community. I had previously used a boss ds1 for my distortion pedal. The rat has a warmer tone and if you push it, a fuller distortion than the boss ds1. I have come to like this pedal a lot for my electric violin (yahmaha sv-120) because anything that can warm up the higher piercing frequencies will help a lot. But of course with distortion pedals, it's all about your sound and your personal taste. This pedal is working for me with my current setup and the current sound of my band. Therefore I like it a lot. Sturdy, ergonomic, great sounding pedal.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My Favorite Pedal

        By Nick-_Y-CS

        from Tempe, AZ

        Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

        I purchased this pedal looking for a White Stripes to Smashing Pumpkins style crunch, vroom, woosh, hiss, and so on. I played along side other pedals like OCD and ZVex but I found this pedal to have the non-metal thunder I was looking for. However, when playing it through my Roland JC-120 or Fender Champ 600, I realized that I could max the volume and lower the gain on the pedal for overdrive. As a matter of fact, the pedal is dynamic enough that I can still get pure clean tones with it through the Jazz Chorus amp by controlling my attack. The amount of things this pedal can do with three knobs and $ dollars is just ridiculous and although I will purchase an original when the opportunity presents itself, the ignorant complaints of boutique cork sniffers shouldn't turn you off to purchasing this pedal.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Still a great pedal

        By JR-hWGhR

        from Southaven, MS

        Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

        As far as negative reviews for this pedal go, you're going to see, in general, two complaints. Some people are going to tell you that it just doesn't hold it's own against the vintage rats, or even the older RAT 2's that were made in the U.S., and others are going to tell you that the RAT just isn't a good pedal. The first complaint is... somewhat exaggerated, but still completely valid. The newest RAT 2's don't have the same smoothness as the old ones, and none of them will get you the same creamy sound that a vintage RAT will get you. However, that doesn't make the RAT 2 a bad distortion pedal. In fact, it's still a wonderful pedal and an even better value. You'll still get a very powerful, versatile, smooth distortion from it that is relatively controlled sounding while still managing to sound warm in comparison to a lot of other pedals in this price range. If that's not enough for you, you can even get your pedal modded by Robert Keely to get a tone that's even closer to the original RAT, but be forewarned, on newer RAT 2's this will cost about as much as the pedal did. The other reviews... and I don't mean to sound cocky at all when I say this, mainly come from people who don't know how to use the pedal effectively. Let's be clear, the RAT 2 is a VERY powerful pedal with a LOT of gain. The result is that it's very SENSITIVE. Take it down to zero and then barely nudge it up and you already have something akin to a boost. Because of this the "Distortion" sound will cap out at around 12 o'clock and from there on out will become fuzzier. This doesn't mean it's a bad pedal, it just means that it dials up in gain very quickly and by 12 o'clock your already hitting a sound that a lot of other pedals would get at their max. This actually makes the pedal very versatile. While it's still no complete replacement for a true fuzz box or overdrive pedal due to the fact that any sound you get out of it will have that "distortion" color to it, you can easily pull sounds that would do in a pinch, or even in general, if you're looking for a fuzzier or blusier sound. The trick with this pedal is patience and hard work. Sit down with it in store, take everything to zero, and spend a lot of time barely nudging the settings, mixing them very precisely. Your sweet tone is in there, it's just probably not anywhere near where you'd expect it to be. People looking for a bit more body might want to try putting a TS9 or TS-808 in front of it with the drive cranked just slightly to use as a boost.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome!

        By Brendan Haley

        from Minnesota

        Comments about Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal:

        This dirtbox is definitely something you should pick up. Gives you a unique sound that's great for rock, grunge, punk and many other kinds of music.
        pretty basic controls on this pedal. There are simply 3 knobs on it (distortion, filter, and volume). When you have the distortion knob at about 8 o'clock it works as a slight crunch, but when you crank this baby up to around 3 o'clock you get some gritty grunge sounds. Another cool feature is that the red LED on the A in "RAT" lights up when the pedal is engaged.
        Built like a tank, should last years and years

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